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MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration)

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

Physiotherapists are in demand in the UK, so there’s never been a better time to study to help people affected by injury, illness or disability, and improve their quality of life.

Our accelerated programme will help you become a practicing physiotherapist with only two years of study, rather than the traditional three, with the aim to see in you in employment immediately after your graduation.

Our course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and when you successfully complete the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration to practice in the UK. The programme is also accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and you can apply for student membership.

We help you build on existing academic skills gained in your BSc (Hons) science based degree, to study patient management in key areas of physiotherapy, including cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurology - learning all the skills you will need as a qualified physiotherapist to provide effective physical, psychological and social care.

Course summary

The first year of the programme is designed to give you the key and core skills you need for supported clinical practice. There is an expectation that you will have an existing level of knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology or psychology from your first degree or occupation.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Your employability is important to us, and so, on our course you will gain a breadth of work-placement experience and graduate with a strong clinical profile, which will enhance your CV.

We support you in developing leadership skills throughout the programme allowing you to apply your clinical expertise in a wide range of traditional and non-traditional settings, as well as, critical evaluation and research methods so you can be sure you know how to access and utilise the most up to date evidence in physiotherapy practice.

Graduate destinations

You'll be qualified to work in a variety of NHS, education, private, voluntary and independent environments both in the UK and abroad. Some countries will require graduates to take an entry examination or assessment.

The skills you learn will serve you well both in the clinical field and in any job requiring research, leadership or management skills.

Graduates from the MSc Physiotherapy programme are in high demand from employers with graduates usually starting work as a Band 5 Physiotherapist in the NHS immediately after graduation. You can also work in the private or voluntary sectors.

Many graduates remain in the North West of England for their first job but others secure posts across the UK.


Applied Physiotherapy Practice (Acute Care Pathways) - Core
Applied Physiotherapy (Neuromusculoskeletal Practice) - Core
Applied Science for Physiotherapy Practice - Core
Physiotherapy Practice - Assessment and Evaluation - Core
Physiotherapy Practice 3 - Core
Physiotherapy Practice 2 - Core
Scholarship and Research Methods - Core
Practice Placement Observation (PPO) - Core
Introduction to Physiotherapy Practice - Core
Applied Physiotherapy (Complex and Enduring Conditions) - Core
Physiotherapy Practice 5 - Core
Physiotherapy Practice 4 - Core
Physiotherapy Dissertation - Core
Advanced Professional Practice Business and Enterprise - Core
Physiotherapy Practice 6 - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

In addition to a minimum of 5 GCSE at grade C or above, achieved in one sitting, which must include English language and mathematics, you will need to meet the following requirements. You will hold: An existing BSc (Hons) degree in a relevant science-based subject, at 2i (upper class second) level or higher. Examples of relevant subjects include sports rehabilitation, sports therapy, human biology, biomedical sciences, anatomy and physiology, etc. OR an existing qualification in nursing, midwifery or relevant Allied Health Profession, gained through study to BSc (Hons) level. A recognised practitioner qualification in e.g: osteopathy or chiropractic. In addition, you will have gained: Work experience or observation in one or more relevant clinical or voluntary settings. One of these would ideally be within the UK NHS, or equivalent service for international students. You will be able to demonstrate: Study to level 6 within the past 5 year (to the start of the programme). A good basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, which will be assessed at interview. Non-standard entrants are required to demonstrate ability to benefit from and to successfully complete the course. These candidates will need to show evidence of continuous professional development within the last 5 years; relevant work experience; and demonstrate the motivation and ability to succeed. All applicants will need to provide evidence of academic ability to Level 6. All applicants are strongly advised to seek work experience in physiotherapy prior to application / interview to gain a full understanding of current physiotherapy practice.